Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Alternate title: Hounds of Zaroff
USA, 1932. RKO Radio Pictures, Radio Pictures. Screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman, based on the story by Richard Connell. Cinematography by Henry W. Gerrard. Produced by David O. Selznick. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Carroll Clark. Costume Design by Walter Plunkett. Film Editing by Archie Marshek. Podcast: My Criterions.
Entertaining adaptation of the story by Richard Connell, about a shipwrecked man (Joel McCrea) who washes onto the shore of an island owned by a millionaire game hunter. He befriends his host’s other guests until he realizes the reason they are all there: the millionaire owner is crazy and the sport he hunts in the wild forests of his mansion are human beings. McCrea has to find a way to outwit the hunter at his own game and get himself off the island, along with the beautiful woman (Fay Wray) who is also intended to be jungle prey. Made by the same creative team behind the original King Kong, this film invents a few characters but otherwise sticks to the original source material and is all the better for it. The photography is beautiful, and the action gets quite gripping by the end.